Let's face it. Some weeks just flat out suck. This past week my Facebook feed has just been filled with tragedy after tragedy. It's tough seeing your friends go through so much pain. Even earlier this week, Tyler Skaggs, one of the Los Angeles Angels pitchers suddenly died at the age of 27. A professional athlete in great shape just didn't wake up on a road trip. It just reminds us of the grim reality that tomorrow is never promised.
But there is something that we can find hope in. It is that Jesus' love for us is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. His love never fails. But here's another thing, it is okay to be frustrated, it is okay to grieve the loss of a loved one. I am reminded of this great quote by Levi Lusko...
"God doesn't expect you to be happy about what has been torn from your hands -- whether it's a marriage, your health, a job, or someone you love -- but if you are willing to TRUST Him, He can turn trash into triumph."
It is when you are willing to dive in and embrace the pain that God will move. Your suffering is not an obstacle, your suffering is an opportunity to be used by God as you have never been used before. I know I quote Levi Lusko a lot but if you have not read his book "Through the Eyes of a Lion" I strongly encourage you to do so. In the book, his young daughter passes away from an asthma attack. Levi recalls sitting in his car with his wife in the hospital parking lot asking the question of how they are supposed to drive home without their little girl.
Before they left they felt the conviction that they needed to go back inside the hospital and invite all the doctors and nurses that had frantically tried to bring their daughter back to life to church on Sunday. Imagine that! Despite the anger and questions they had for why God took their little girl, they embraced the pain and invited the doctors to church, where some of them would later accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior because of that moment. I can't even imagine that. But when you dive into God's will, He will turn the darkness into light.
Just remember, the things that once brought you to your knees will someday propel you to overcoming your greatest challenges if you let God in.
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R.I.P. Tyler Skaggs. Please join us in keeping Tyler's wife and family in your prayers this week.